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School Holiday Fun at ACMI in Federation Square

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A Q&A with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)'s Producer Arieh Offman

ACMI in Melbourne's iconic Federation Square, is our go-to city stop every school holiday break, regardless of the weather.

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)


Screen Worlds, ACMI's permanent exhibition celebrating film, television and digital culture, keep the kids busy for hours, particularly with so many videogames to play for free! Couple that, with each season's Kids Flicks movie screenings at just $7 per ticket, and a diverse range of workshops, there's enough to entertain the whole family for an entire day.

ACMI Creative Workshop: Make a Movie


This Summer, ACMI gears up for another action packed, interactive program for your kids to enjoy over the school holidays. To give you an idea of what's on offer, we've interviewed ACMI Producer Arieh Offman:

Q. ACMI always offers great school holiday programs for families, what can we look forward to most this coming summer?

Through our holiday programs, ACMI looks to provide kids and families with an opportunity to learn, to create and to engage with the moving image in all its forms, from television and films through to games and online content. We are always looking to offer kids a chance to experience the newest range of technologies, and this coming summer holidays we are particularly excited to present our first ever workshops in Virtual Reality.

Virtual Reality Family Workshop


Build a Virtual Reality World offers kids the chance to tell a unique story in VR, while Family Virtual Reality Creation offers an opportunity for families to experience this world changing technology together. Our new workshop Star in a Zombie Scene will also be incredibly fun, with kids enjoying the opportunity to let out their inner monster with amazing practical make-up effects.

Q. Your $7 Kids Flicks are so reasonably priced compared to other cinema screenings, how do you keep your costs so low?

Muppets Christmas Carol at Kids Flicks


ACMI is a not-for-profit, government funded organisation that is committed to providing all audiences with access to a broad range of moving image experiences. This includes our reasonably priced films for kids, families and seniors; our free, interactive exhibition called Screen Worlds showcasing the history of the moving image; and our workshops that teach screen-based skills like coding, editing and even starring in a super hero movie! In short, it is ACMI’s job to make sure everyone can learn about, get creative with, and enjoy all things moving image!

Q. We notice you offer some fantastic programs for the over 9yrs such as YouTube Stars and Star as a Super Hero, which programs would you recommend for younger children?

Star as a Super Hero Workshop image Mark Gambino


These holidays we are offering our ever-popular Claymation for Kids workshop, giving younger kids the chance to get their hands dirty with clay based stop-motion animation. As always we offer a free drop-in activity each day in the Lightwell, this time with families having the opportunity to experiment with some of the earliest forms of animation in the form of flip-books and thaumatropes. We are also very pleased to continue to offer an ever expanding range of whole family workshops, including Virtual Reality, Minecraft experiences, Lego robotics and game-making.

Q. Why do you think the ACMI's school holiday program appeals so much to families?

There are a number of reasons why the ACMI school holiday workshop program is so popular. Our workshops are very affordable, and offer kids the chance to get creative with the moving image while making new friends.

Kids Coding Workshop at ACMI


They are delivered by amazing facilitators who have extensive experience in working with kids and as professionals in the creative industries. We also endeavour to create a continually expanding range of offerings, so there is always something new and exciting at ACMI for kids to experience!

Q. Do you recommend visiting the Games Lab 2.0 at a certain time to avoid crowds in the holidays?

The newly redesigned Games Lab 2.0 is always an extremely popular and busy part of our permanent Screen Worlds exhibition. The redesigned Games Lab features eleven new games, an enticing mix of big budget and independent releases that celebrate the craft, culture and community of videogames.

The games were carefully chosen for their representation of genre, design and interactivity. Drawing inspiration from some of the oldest and most well-loved games, the curated selection showcases everything from action, adventure, simulation, strategy and sports. In order to avoid queues, we would recommend coming to the Games Lab as early as possible in the day, however even then due to its popularity we cannot guarantee that it will not be busy.

Q. Could you recommend what to do as a family if visiting the ACMI for a full day?

There is a huge range of ways for a family to enjoy a whole day out at ACMI during the summer holiday period. You could begin your day by visiting our recently revamped Screen Worlds exhibition, and take a journey through screen media and games past and present. One of the ways to do this is by following the self-guided Animation Trail (ask our friendly staff where to pick up the stickers for the trail!).

Following this the entire family can get creative and crafty with our free Flip It and Spin It drop-in animation workshop in the Lightwell that runs from 11am – 2pm daily.

Stop by for a delicious lunch at the ACMI Café and Bar before enjoying and experimenting in one of our incredibly popular and reasonably priced family workshops. After a full and busy day, relax in our world-class cinemas and enjoy a kid-friendly film.

Head over to ACMI online to check out the full School Holiday Workshop Summer Program and to book movie tickets to one of the forthcoming Kids Flicks movie screenings HERE.

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